PATNA: In a huge setback to the rebel JD-U MP Sharad Yadav, the Election Commission today refused to recognize the claim of his faction being the “real” JD-U, citing lack of sufficient documents to support its claim, the India Today reported.
For the same reason, the EC also rejected Sharad faction’s demand for allotment of party’s poll symbol.
EC sources also told the India Today that the Sharad faction is free to file another application to prove its claim.
Last month, the Sharad faction had moved the Election Commission, claiming they represent the “real” party and staked claim over party’s poll symbol.
The faction apprised the EC of how the majority of the party workers, national council members, and state presidents were with them and also staked claim over party’s official poll symbol of “arrow”.
Sharad revolted against the party leadership after chief minister Nitish Kumar broke alliance with the ruling Grand Alliance in Bihar last month and then formed government with the BJP which, according to him, was given the mandate to sit in the opposition.
In another related development, the Rajya Sabha today issued notices to Sharad and his party colleague Ali Anwar on a party’s petition seeking cancellation of their House membership for indulging in “anti-party” activities.